This was such a great race! Sometimes it’s really nice to run a smaller, local race. There were only 3,000 runners and everything just seemed to go so much smoother with fewer people. It was also nice seeing a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. This was a complete last-minute decision, but all of a sudden I felt a burning need to race that weekend and this race seemed like perfect way to satisfy that need.
I was a little hesitant to run this race because of the chance of rain, which wouldn’t have been that big of a deal to me until R’n’R DC. Now I kind of hate running in the rain. When I got up the forecast looked so much better and I was relieved.
Packet pickup was at a small sport store right near my work. I had never even heard of it before but it’s good to know that it’s there now. I would’ve liked to have looked around a little more but I had my daughter in tow and she wasn’t in the best of moods at that time. It’s strange getting there and not already knowing your bib number. They have a list taped up in the window which is alphabetized by last name and you find your number from there. There was basically no wait at all which was great. As much as I love expos, sometimes I just want to get in and out quickly.
The Night Before:
I usually have my veggie pizza but my husband decided to grill which was great and full of protein. I had a veggie hot dog while he and my daughter had regular hot dogs. We also had potato salad and beans. I love beans so much! I think I could eat them everyday and for the most part I probably do. They are a good part of a vegetarian diet I think. I made my veggie dog Chicago dog style with mustard, relish, pickle, tomatoes and celery salt. It was tasty!
I had some difficultly deciding what to wear with the slightly cooler temps and chance of rain originally. I actually got a little warm during the run once the sun came out so I probably would’ve been okay in short sleeves. So hard to predict these things!
Another nice thing about this race was that it was only about a 10 minute drive from my house, which meant sleeping in! I got up with plenty of time to mess around and check my email. I had my usual PB & honey with bananas and cinnamon. Then was out the door. It started right at Shady Grove metro so there was a lot of free parking. The port-a-potties were all neatly lined up at the start. I met with some of the ladies from my MRTT group for a quick pic.
I was in the 2nd corral to go. It was funny how the course is mostly downhill but the first thing we did was run up a hill.
The run itself was relatively uneventful. A girl that I know from my Thursday night Fleet Feet group was there volunteering and she cheered me on. There definitely wasn’t as much crowd support as there is with larger races.
When I run alone I always have music playing. I find it motivational but I don’t like the distraction during races so I leave the headphones at home. There was one point where I really could have gone for some music. Especially right at the starting line. Music helps to get me pumped up.
The end was right near the White Flint metro stop so it was easy to just hop on the metro back to Shady Grove. We received a key chain/bottle opener upon finishing.
They had the best breakfast spread that I have ever seen after a race! I don’t usually feel like eating anything other than a banana after I run, but this time I made an exception. I had scrambled eggs, hash browns and something that they called a breakfast souffle. It was all good. To top it off, there was fresh squeezed OJ which was amazing! They had this really cool machine that made it too. There was also pizza and pasta but I wasn’t feeling it that early in the morning.
I didn’t go into the race expecting to PR but it’s still a little bit of a let down when you don’t PR on a PR course. My PR for the 10k is 46:58 which I set last year, a few weeks after I ran the Baltimore marathon. I was in great shape at the time. I’ll build back up to it and try again. I tried to push myself to run harder but just didn’t have it in me. Regardless, it was still a nice run and a great experience. I would recommend Pikes Peek and plan to run it again.